PASTOR’S CORNER

JOY

Sometimes when we use a word, we can mean very different things.  As we approach Advent and Christmas, I realize the same thing can be said about what different people mean by the “joy” of this season.  Often folks wish one another a Merry Christmas or a joyous Christmas season, really meaning they hope we are happy during the holidays.  …

Promises Fulfilled in the New Testament

In the writings of the New Testament, we see the fulfillment of the promises of God in the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This month I will concentrate on the importance of reading through the New Testament and focusing on the amazing details of our God becoming fully man.  The New Testament books can be divided into …

The Old Testament Testifies About Jesus

This month we continue on with the theme of reading Scripture with a daily systematic plan in mind.  The plan I utilize as I read through Scripture is the Lectionary found in the front of the Reformed Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  In utilizing this plan, I am not suggesting this is the only way to read the Scriptures, but …

Hope in the Psalms

Where do you go for a source of help?  How do you decide how to live in this world?  Where do you find hope and encouragement? The Apostle Paul tells us this in Romans 15:4-6, “4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 May the God …

Truly Forgiven

Have you ever found yourself thinking or even obsessing over your sins? Feeling depressed and thinking things like, “I’ll never be good enough, or I never seem to conquer this sin.” While we definitely must acknowledge our sins, God has not called us to constant navel-gazing!  That will keep us so self-absorbed that we do not move forward with sanctification …

Patience is Being Slow to Anger

We hear these words in Exodus 34:5-7 as God reveals Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai, “5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by …

Seek First God’s Kingdom – Even During Corona

As we enter the month of May, except for essential workers, we have been at home for just over a month.  We venture out for necessary reasons like going to the grocery store and getting our prescriptions at the pharmacy. I think it is safe to say we all have experienced moments of cabin fever this past month.  I am …

The Victory of Christ’s Death and Resurrection

The apostle Paul says this in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58,      “54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:      “Death is swallowed up in victory.”        55 “O death, where is your victory?       O death, where is your sting?”        56 The sting of death …

Patient as a Farmer

James 5:7,8 says this, “7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” In this passage a farmer is pictured as he patiently waits for a good harvest.  The good …

About the Holy Spirit

It is quite right that you should feel that “something terrific” has happened to you (It has) and be “all glowy.” Accept these sensations with thankfulness as birthday cards from God, but remember that they are only greetings, not the real gift. I mean, it is not the sensations that are the real thing. The real thing is the gift …

On Forgiveness

As I read over the devotional below by C.S. Lewis “On Forgiveness,” I remembered David’s plea to the LORD in Psalm 51:1, 2 (English Standard Version) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” May God give us such a …

Followers of the Way

Sometimes we react negatively to labels which are attached to people or groups of people.  There are limitations and disadvantages to labels especially when they are inaccurately applied.  But accurate labels clarify the beliefs and practices of a group of people.  In the book of Acts, there are a couple of instances where Christian believers are called “followers of the …

Pastor Cedric Benner

Pastor Benner has a BA in Bible from Bryan College in Dayton and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.